I'm training for a mararthon but still smoking

anyone in the same boat??

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12/01/2010 at 23:25

I got a place for London  .............................

Always mean't to give up the fags  when I got one

but finding it really hard?

12/01/2010 at 23:30
i am too ! dont think we will be the first or last to have done it !!
13/01/2010 at 00:00

I'm sure your not Cake I lit up afte my first half marathon- didn't really care

  Lot of peeps at work smoke and run was just windering if they were strange but now think they're just normal]

13/01/2010 at 00:24
Disgusting, sorry.
13/01/2010 at 00:38

why?

when i cam run 13.1 mile as compared to my friends who smoke and do no excersisewhy is is disgusting?

13/01/2010 at 07:06

Come on, there's something hilarious about crossing the finish line and lighting up! 

13/01/2010 at 10:53

Mr Puffy: Sounds like the makings of a hamlet cigar advert.

*image of someone stood 1 step over the finishing line lighting up*

 "Happiness is a cigar called hamlet, the mild cigar."

Edited: 13/01/2010 at 10:54
13/01/2010 at 11:12
Mr. Puffy wrote (see)

Come on, there's something hilarious about crossing the finish line and lighting up! 


True story - mate of mine ran London back in the 1980's and finished in 2h35 and his feet hurt so much they were bleeding so when he crossed the finish line he said to the nearest policeman "give us a fag mate" whereupon said copper pulled out a pack from his top pocket and proffered one and lit it for him.
There was my mate, bleeding toes, sat down, shattered, having a fag to relax
13/01/2010 at 11:38
Smoked for years and also in the middle of another attempt to quit, currently in the grumpy stage, Always looked forward to the end of a race so i could have a cheeky smoke at the end
13/01/2010 at 11:42

It's not really the running part that is disgusting mate.

I will leave the thread at this, before I make some real enemies.

13/01/2010 at 12:24
VikW wrote (see)

I got a place for London  .............................

Always mean't to give up the fags  when I got one

but finding it really hard?


This is a great opportunity to give up, please make the most of it. Your lungs will thank you in those last, gruelling miles.
13/01/2010 at 12:42

I know thats why I'm going back on the patches tomorrow!!!

Glad I'm not the only one Flatfooted- keep it up!

13/01/2010 at 13:16

Hi Vik

sorry you are struggling> I have trined for stuff and smoked 30-40 a day and tried to stop numerous times. To me -you are best doing the psychological work first and then stop. I have got a free download of Allen Carr's Easyway To Stop Smoking which has really helped me. I will find the link. IMHO patches are for trousers.

It is disgusting as most smokers know and feel. The thing is comments about it being disgusting and will kill you do not help a bit.

good luck

Edited: 13/01/2010 at 13:23
13/01/2010 at 13:20

here you are. It is free so nowt to lose. If you read it , it will help a lot at worst and maybe even stop you.

http://www.pdf-search-engine.com/the-easy-way-to-quit-smoking-allen-carr-pdf.html

14/01/2010 at 16:39

Stopped smoking 7 weeks ago, its easy all in the head, really 3 days of hell then easy street. What is hard is staying quit, done it maybe 5 times over 18yrs, even did 2 yrs once.

But smoking is not that hard to stop you just have to be in the frame of mind to do it, and go in determined. Going cold turkey works for me but try the patches or gums, but once you do you feel great and your running and endurance will improve.

Good luck guys and gals, it really is hard for the first 3 days and then it does get easy. One way of keeping stopped is what ever you spend on cigs you put in a jar, and when you have enough buy a pair of new running shoes or a new garmin , then u have something to show rather than smelly breath and clothes. lol.

I mean it give up your running will improve

15/01/2010 at 09:46
i have tried to stop smoking, managed a few days, but what i have decided was just to cut back, expecially mornings and lunch times before running or races. I  give myself a nice fag after as a reward, people at work think i'm crazy, but i love the dizzy feel after a big workout and then outside light up and the nicotine goes straight to the brain, fancy one now! :[)
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15/01/2010 at 09:55

Andreia, ive smoked my way around half a dozen marathons and even more Ironman races, im not proud of it but its an addiction ive thus far not been able to control.  Ive tried giving up numerous times and made it no further than 3 weeks.

Im currently planning my next attempt with the help of champix which im starting on Monday.

Good luck with your running and kicking the ciggies.

15/01/2010 at 09:59

I can understand how difficult it must be for you as I remember 13 years ago the same feeling of trying to give up and always never quite doing it.  Then one day my lung collapsed and I've not touched one since.  For a year I had lung problems with a further collapse and at times thought I'd permanently damaged my lungs as there was talk of having to have a major op at one point!   Since then I've really improved with my running but I do wonder if the smoking has prevented me really reaching my full potential.  Give up, your lungs really will thank you and you'll be a much better runner for it.  Smell the fresh air, not the stinking smell of fags! 

You might think you can run and smoke and I'm sure you can, but there will still be damage going on inside.  It's kind of counter productive really isn't it to smoke and run.

Edited: 15/01/2010 at 10:01
15/01/2010 at 10:17
If you've not got the willpower to give up fags for 3 months, explain how you will have the willpower to train on cold wet nights.
15/01/2010 at 10:38
Hilly wrote (see)

I can understand how difficult it must be for you as I remember 13 years ago the same feeling of trying to give up and always never quite doing it.  Then one day my lung collapsed and I've not touched one since.  For a year I had lung problems with a further collapse and at times thought I'd permanently damaged my lungs as there was talk of having to have a major op at one point!  

You might think you can run and smoke and I'm sure you can, but there will still be damage going on inside.  It's kind of counter productive really isn't it to smoke and run.

on a personal note, I had a collapsed lung when young and didnt stop the ciggies. I carried on for a further 28 years and now have mild/moderate COPD. During this time I had the "willpower" to train through winters but not manage to "give up" for more than 3 months. Truth is that it is an addiction and though it affects your health badly and will defo affect your running (I find it much harder as a smoker), it has little to do with how much willpower one has(many in the know , know this for  a fact) .

As Hilly says you wil;l keep damaging yourself whilst smoking. Running wont stop the damage nor lead to some mysterious force called "willpower". We all have will and power to use it (it is not a value judgement). You could argue it took willpower for me to smoke after being diagnosed with COPD.

I am a couple of months of them following a long journey of discovery about what my smoking really is and what methods work and what are useful for selling "products" and ideas eg patches  and  " willpower" - if patches dont work , blame is placed on you for having "no willpower" rather than the effectiveness of patrches-clever eh?

I would always say stop the damn things in whatever way but dont tie it in with other activities in a conditional way.

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